Saturday, 15th December, 2012 at 7:45 a.m. ET
We kick off the Premier League week with a fascinating matchup up north which sees the struggling Newcastle United take on the suffering Manchester City—a fixture bound to throw up plenty of surprises.
The Citizens lost their league derby at home to Manchester United last week and were portrayed throughout the media as poor losers during the week—further adding pressure on Roberto Mancini following their exit from the UEFA Champions League already this season.
They'll no doubt be desperate for three points here but are known to have their troubles away from home—meaning they'll need to bring their best performances this week as they make one of the more difficult road trips in the league, away to Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew's men haven't been playing the best football this year, and they are slipping further and further down the competition ladder—currently resting in 14th position and, really, just two points outside of the dreaded relegation zone.
The Magpies will be looking for another strong performance at home. With their inconsistent and temperamental play this season, they aren't to be considered the favorites that they might have been considered for this match were it played this time last season.
Having said that, don't sleep on Newcastle either. This could be the match we look back on at the end of the season and point to as the defining moment in their year.
|Dan Talintyre ||Draw, 1-1
|Joe Tansey ||Manchester City win 3-1
|Karl Matchett ||Manchester City win 2-1
|Mike Cummings ||Manchester City win 2-0
|Mohamed Al-Hendy ||Manchester City win 2-1
|Sam Tighe ||Manchester City win 2-0
|Will Tidey ||Manchester City win 2-1